FridaDirector: Julie Taymor, Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush
The life of an uncompromising, iconoclastic artist has never seemed as rote and inevitable as it does in Julie Taymor's Frida, an intermittently engaging but wholly ordinary biography that wouldn't be out of place premiering on a basic-cable channel. Ticking off the events in Kahlo's life like a grade-school filmstrip, Frida's screenplay -- credited to no less than four writers, not including the purported rewrites from Ed Norton -- is full of clumsy passage-of-time indicators and halting, expository dialogue. Luckily, the performers manage to bring it alive somewhat: Though notably lacking in the kind of mythic swagger Kahlo requires, Salma Hayek digs into her long-gestating "role of a lifetime" with vigor. Better yet is Alfred Molina's Diego Rivera, who threatens to swallow the movie whole (both figuratively and literally). To her credit, Taymor attempts to infuse Frida with the kind of broad, expressionistic strokes she lent 2000's Titus -- the movie is nothing if not lush. Cinematographer Rodrigo Pietra renders Mexico as a paradise of reds, blues, and greens, playing up the contrasts between Kahlo's homeland and the steely, blue-gray New York sequences. But however brilliant they often are, Taymor's directorial flourishes are just that, and Frida -- which by all accounts could've been as daring as Vincent and Theo or Before Night Falls -- never rises above standard bio-pic fare.
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- Miramax Lionsgate
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Salma Hayek||Frida Kahlo|
|Alfred Molina||Diego Rivera|
|Geoffrey Rush||Leon Trotsky|
|Ashley Judd||Tina Modotti|
|Antonio Banderas||David Alfaro Siqueiros|
|Edward Norton||Nelson Rockefeller|
|Valeria Golino||Lupe Marin|
|Mía Maestro||Cristina Kahlo|
|Roger Rees||Guillermo Kahlo|
|Patricia Reyes Spindola||Matilde Kahlo|
|Margarita Sanz||Natalia Trotsky|
|Diego Luna||Alejandro Gomez Arias|
|Mark Amin||Executive Producer|
|Brian Gibson||Executive Producer|
|Mark Gill||Executive Producer|
|Elliot Goldenthal||Score Composer|
|Jill Sobel Messick||Executive Producer|
|Felipe Fernandez del Paso||Production Designer|
|Margaret Rose Perenchio||Executive Producer|
|Santiago Núñez Rojo||Sound Mixer|
|Amy Slotnick||Executive Producer|
|Bernardo Trujillo||Art Director|
|Julie Weiss||Costumes/Costume Designer|
2. "I Always Wanted a Son"
3. The Accident
4. Plans for Recovery
5. Diego's Compliments
6. Another Pretty Girl
7. "Comrades, Colleagues and Friends"
8. Diego and Frida
9. Diego's Ways
10. More Affection in a Handshake
11. The Invasion of Gringo-landia
12. Miracles and Tragedy
13. The Price of Integrity
14. Portrait With Cropped Hair
15. Offering Asylum
16. Alone in Pain
17. Without Loyalty
18. From France
20. Broken Column
21. To Frida!
22. Burn it Blue
A Conversation With Salma Hayek
Commentary With Julie Taymor
Commentary With Elliot Goldenthal
Proceed With Commentary Selections
"A Self Sufficient Cripple"
Tangos and Manifestos
Friends and Comrades
"Little Drunken Girl"
The Invasion of Gringo-landia
From Frida to Rockefeller
The Fall of Kong
Portrait With Cropped Hair
Climbing the Pyramid
Viva la Vida
Burn it Blue
Captions & Subtitles
English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
Miramax Year of Gold
Gangs of New York
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Frida Soundtrack Spot
Side #2 -- Additional Special Features
AFI Q & A With Julie Taymor
Bill Moyers Interview With Julie Taymor
Chavela Vargas Interview
The Voice of Lila Downs
The Vision of Frida: With Rodrigo Prieto and Julie Taymor
The Design of Frida: With Felipe Fernández
The Music of Frida: With Elliot Goldenthal and Salma Hayek
Salma's Recording Session
Bringing Frida Kahlo's Life and Art to Film: A Walkthrough the Real Locations
Portrait of an Artist
"Amoeba Proteus" Visual FX Piece
"The Brothers Quay" Visual FX Piece
Frida Kahlo Facts
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Frida was a remarkable woman. It was discussed with me by a young mexican-american woman working in the music/video dept of B&N in McAllen, Texas. I am an artist and we started talking about Frida. I immediately ordered the video based on the clerks information and knowledge of the movie and life of Frida. I love the movie, even the sex scenes are part of the emotions of Frida in what she endured in her life of pain.It is political, romantic, ,moving and the beauty of Mexico. I cried at the end. Her art is her soul. If ever we could look into a soul and emotions of a human it would be Frida's.
Once you see it, you'll never forget it. It will make you want to explore further into the lives of the artists, and their art seems to take on new meaning.
“Frida” is based on the life of Mexican self-portraitist Frida Kahlo. Hayek acts the part well, although the movie is not 100% biographically accurate. In addition to depicting her life and life of her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, the movie also shows cultural and political aspects of Mexican life in the early to mid 1900s. Rivera is a communist, and even shelters Marxist-theorist Leon Trotsky when he is exiled from the Soviet Union. His radical liberalism was never accepted by the traditional Kahlo family. “Frida” is also a good example of the machismo culture of many Latin-American countries. Rivera's many affairs, while heartbreaking to Frida, are socially accepted and there is not much she can do to stop it. The animations are unique and original, the parts well casted, and the history brought to life. I recommend this movie not only to art history buffs, but also to those who are curious about Mexican culture and history.
Salma showed she is not another one, she is THE ONE, the first mexican woman who knew how to give Hollywood what it wanted to see from the great latin culture. Maybe she didn't receive the Oscar but she caught the world's hearts. She acted as a very professional actress, actually she is but Hollywood hadn't realized about it till now, anyway, she is the best latin actress in USA nowadays.
Salma has wonderfully potrayed Kahlo's grace, beauty, courage and artistic values. This movie is fantastic proving that Kahlo was the best of her times and as well all.
This movie was amazing!! The cinematography was beautiful and original. This is not the Salma Hayek movie you're use to seeing. Salma should have received the Oscar for her riveting performance. She has proved that she is more than just a pretty face. Hollywood needs more strong and profound roles for women. Talented, intelligent, and strong willed women like Salma will be the the ones to deliver those roles to the big screen.
Frida is the best movie of 2000 hand down. The acting, music, and photography are magic. I will see this on many times. It will transport you into the Mexico of the 1920's.
After finishing the book that this movie was based on (Hayden Herrara's Frida Biography), I rushed out to see this movie. I was so disappointed! I thought the acting and actors were fine, and the f/x with Frida's paintings becoming ''real'' was original, but the story of her life was poorly portrayed by the script. It was as if the writers picked a few episodes from her life and threw them into the movie--there was no flow. Certain events were wrong (the miscarriage portrayed on screen happened in Detroit--not NYC--the painting she did of the miscarriage was called ''Henry Ford Hospital'') and her lesbian affairs were dramatized too much. It was with men she had her great love affairs. It seemed to be more of a ''Frida Kahlo as Diego Riveria the Communist's Wife'' movie than a portrayal of Frida the artist. I never saw her (salma Hayek) paint once! Stick with the book. Much better and not influenced by Hollywood.
This film is one of the best that I have ever seen. It has the ability to take you from your seat and dress you in the decor of the times the film portrays. It is the best work of Salma Hayek, a true portrayal of an artist, and an amazing portrayal of what a serious actress can do to bring art and film together back to life.
This is one of the best films I've seen--every aspect from the script, acting, actors, music, costuming, to the setting and staging. It is moving to see the phenomenal Salma and supporting actors live her difficult yet inspiring life--it sweeps the viewer into the story. I've long enjoyed Frida's art. Especially moving for me as I have seen Diego Rivera's mural in Detroit. This is a must-see for those who follow artists and their lives.
I saw this movie last night for the first time and I loved it. I really related to it. I'm going to reccomend it to everyone.
Salma Hayek's performance as Frida Kahlo was PHENOMENAL! The role of Frida has a breathtaking range: we get to see a woman from age 18 to her mid-forties. Her emotions. Her gutsiness. Her creativity, while surrounded by riotously vivid colours. This film is a masterpiece! Favorite scene: Frida and Tina (Ashley Judd) dancing the tango. In 1962, Rita Moreno won an Oscar. SALMA HAYEK OUGHT TO BE THE FIRST LATINA TO WIN IN 41 YEARS! On Nicole: it IS about the nose. NOTHING HAPPENS! On Renee: Roxie's OK, but that's it. On Diane: great actress, but I didn't like the story. On Julianne: I'm not into 1950's retro. And the Oscar goes to Salma!
Salma Hayak is brilliant!!!! She worked so gruelingly on this project that no number of awards could possibly ever be enough. Suffice it to say, that she has made a movie that will become an all-time classic. Her vision, her passion, and her study of Frida Kahlo will transcend all our life times. This movie has accomplished in a motion picture what Kahlo achieved in her paintings.
The film tells the true story of Frida Kahlo. The people who did not like her paintings will start to understand her emotions and pain. You will see the truth behind her paintings. The visual effects that are used for the movie will surprise you. Also these visual effects will let you travel and live with Frida Kahlo. Director Julie Taymor¿s pragmatism made the movie striking. Salma Hayek played Frida Kahlo by heart and became her spirit. Although not everything that happened to Kahlo was in the movie, so do not expect all details from her life. Don¿t forget she had a very colorful and full life for 47 years. If you like see and understand Kahlo's surreal world, run to the store and rent the movie now. You will not be disappointed.
After reading endless books about Frida Kahlo i thought the movie could not possibly give this incredible woman justice. BOY! was i wrong this movie portrays Frida and Diego perfectly, when i saw the movie i even forgot it was Salma on screen...she embodied Frida and brought her back to life. The living art scenes were magnificent, Julie Taymor should have at least recieved a best director nod for this movie, but when all is said and done Salma steals the show...I think Frida would have been proud. And the music throughout the film is also wonderful.
She's QUITE the excellent director! The scenes were picturesque and awe-inspiring. I think Frida herself would've been pleased to see such a beautiful film. I felt as if I knew Frida personally by the time the film had ended. It was just that genuine. I've seen some biographies that seem stretched or watered down, as if, no one had really invested much heart or interest in this very real human being's backround.
this was definitely NOT one of those said films lol.
I was left with a longing to want to know more about Kahlo. I believe that's what makes a truly good film: a cinematic quality that encourages further exploration upon the subject.
I recommend the other 2 films that she has directed, as well. The visuals are always stunning and never predictable!